Intercourse Offender in LA and OC Anticipated to Be Sentenced to Life in Jail in Killings – NBC Los Angeles
What to know
- Rasmuson was tried in August 2016 for the murder of Jeffrey and 6-year-old Miguel Antero, who was murdered six years later.
- While awaiting trial, Rasmuson was charged on April 8, 1986 with killing the other boy, whose body was found in a laundry in Agoura Hills the same day he was found missing at his home.
- Rasmuson was arrested in Sandpoint, Idaho, in March 2015 after DNA evidence allegedly linked him to the 1981 murder.
A convicted sex offender failed to plead two homicides Monday and is expected to face life imprisonment with no parole for the murder of two boys within five years.
Kenneth Kasten Rasmuson, 59, is due to be sentenced on April 27 in the Pomona courthouse.
Monday’s plea deal came when Orange County prosecutors were expected to consult with Los Angeles County prosecutors regarding a proposed dismissal of special circumstance allegations that put the accused under the death penalty and at least one would have questioned life imprisonment without parole.
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer took the highly unusual step earlier this month of indicting Rasmuson for one of the murders, despite the fact that he has already been tried on that murder in Los Angeles County. Spitzer’s attorneys were willing to take on the Orange County-related murder if Los Angeles County wanted to drop the special circumstances allegations.
Spitzer said he accused Rasmuson on July 2, 1981 of killing 6-year-old Jeffrey Vargo of Anaheim Hills, fearing that, without the special circumstances, Rasmuson would one day get a parole if tried in court would chance to be free.
Rasmuson was tried in August 2016 for the murder of Jeffrey and 6-year-old Miguel Antero, who was murdered six years later.
Rasmuson was arrested in Sandpoint, Idaho, in March 2015 after DNA evidence allegedly linked him to the 1981 murder. Construction workers found the boy’s body in Pomona the day after the boy left his home to visit a fireworks stand, authorities said.
A convicted sex offender was arrested in 1981 in Idaho in connection with the kidnapping and murder of a 6-year-old boy in Pomona. Ted Chen will be reporting live for the NBC4 News on March 30, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
While awaiting trial in this case, Rasmuson was charged on April 8, 1986 with killing the other boy whose body was found in a laundry in Agoura Hills the same day he was found missing at his home. Rasmuson was also allegedly linked to the killing through DNA evidence, prosecutors said.
Rasmuson faced special circumstances, alleged on multiple murders, and that the murders were committed while committing an indecent or lascivious act to a child.
Rasmuson had been convicted of sexually assaulting another boy in 1981, prosecutors said.
The Orange County Attorney’s Office intended to put the Los Angeles Attorney’s Office in charge of the case, but stepped in on February 11 by filing its own criminal complaint, as Spitzer believes that if convicted, the defendant would have at least a life in prison without the possibility of parole. Spitzer was also a vocal critic of Governor Gavin Newsom’s plan to suspend the death penalty in the state.
In a lawsuit, Spitzer’s office argued that his office “has an interest in this case because the victim … was a resident of Orange County at the time of his murder. His parents and loved ones have remained residents of Orange County to this day.”
Spitzer’s prosecutor also noted that the boy was kidnapped in Orange County, arguing that Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon, who took office in December, is unwilling to dismiss the allegations because of special circumstances “because of or because of evidence problems it would be fair and fair. ” only to do so, but because of a series of specific guidelines through which he seeks to fundamentally change the criminal practice by Executive Fiat. His attempt to do so in this case is obviously contrary to promoting justice. ”
Rasmuson is charged with “horrific” crimes according to the motion filed by Spitzer’s office.
“He kidnapped, sexually assaulted, and murdered two young, vulnerable 6-year-old boys,” the application said. “The background, character and prospects of the defendant show that he is a dangerous serial robber who will likely never change.” He has served two sentences for molesting an 11-year-old boy whom he lured into seclusion before sodomizing him, and abducting a 3-year-old boy from the boy’s front yard before later sodomizing and having him walking naked on a street the next day. ”
Authorities found child pornography in the defendant’s possession when he was arrested in 2015, “and his internet story revealed multiple searches for child pornography, according to the request.
Two months after the victim’s death in Orange County, Rasmuson lured an 11-year-old boy into seclusion by asking him to help locate his disabled dog in Santa Barbara, according to Orange County prosecutors.
Rasmuson sexually assaulted the boy who lied to his assailant that he liked it so he could escape what worked, prosecutors said.
Rasmuson was sentenced to prison in 1981 for sexual assault. When he finished that sentence, he was classified as a “mentally disturbed offender,” according to Orange County prosecutors. He was released from prison in 1985 and had to undergo treatment for sexual dysfunction. and during that time he killed Miguel, suspected prosecutors.
A year later, Rasmuson kidnapped a 3-year-old boy from the front yard of his Los Angeles home and drove away. The boy was found naked the next day and was wandering along the roadside. Rasmuson was eventually convicted and sentenced to 17 years in prison.
After Rasmuson served his time, he was classified as a sexually violent predator and admitted to Atascadero State Hospital. He was released in 2007.
Rasmuson “admitted” to doctors that he “had committed at least 10 child abuse since the age of 18, a period in the defendant’s life that was only four and a half years of freedom from detention,” but Orange County prosecutors alleged. “The defendant grabs unsuspecting children from the streets of their neighborhood or even from the front gardens of their homes. He is brazen, impulsive and doesn’t care about the suffering of others, which makes him very dangerous.”